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Volume 86, No. 6


Bro Dan recaps the 5 core convictions.

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True Love Waits

Nick Campbell shares about True Love Waits

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Immeasurably More

A reminder that God has much more in store for us than we could imagine.

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First Baptist Church of Sevierville’s Monthly Newsletter

Turn to Him Amanda Sweat

Dear Church Family, February 9th was a special day for our church family, truly a “Renewal Sunday”. I will not forget seeing members of every generation bring their bricks to make a symbol of our commitments together. I have had several requests to share the five “core conviction” statements we agreed to together, so here they are: GOSPEL: We believe in the Gospel, the message of Jesus Christ by which we are saved and in which we stand. We believe that we are saved by grace, and so we treat one another with grace. We believe in living Gospel-centered lives, and we believe that our mission is to share the Gospel with everyone, everywhere. GATHERING: We believe that until Jesus gathers the universal church in Heaven, we gather with the local church weekly. We are committed to gathering on Sundays to draw near to Jesus, to strengthen our grip on the truth, and to encourage one another. GROUPS: We believe that discipleship and fellowship happen best in a small group. So we are committed to meeting in small groups in Sunday School to know God’s Word better and to know each other better. GENEROSITY: We believe it is the responsibility of every church member to give generously as we invest in the work of the Lord through the church. We are committed to faithful, consistent, generous giving of our tithes and offerings. GOING: We believe that every member should be involved in obeying the Great Commission. We believe in going to the lost to share the Gospel with them, whether they are in our Community, in our Country, or on the other Continents of the world. We believe that wherever we are is our mission field. May we hold unyieldingly to these convictions -- in the power of the Holy Spirit and for the glory of Christ! I love being your Pastor! Dan Spencer

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Sometimes life hits us with a curveball and we can’t help but think “where did that come from or why is this happening to me?” Times like these it would be so easy to partake in “things” that would temporarily take away the pain, the depression, the fears, etc. But then I am reminded of someone who suffered far more than anything I could ever imagine. Someone who took on pain that I could not even bear, depression that would eat away at my very core, fear that would inhibit me and so much more. That someone was Jesus Christ. He did all of this because He loved me (and you) so much that He wanted us to have a Comforter to run to, a Rock to lean on, a Fortress for protection, and a Savior who rescues us from the darkness of hell. One of the most comforting things for me is to know that Christ experienced the same hurts and pain I experience and that He is with me during those times when I don’t know anything else to do but run to Him. Knowing that He is listening to my cries and that He truly cares about everything that is going on in my life gives me such hope. And ultimately knowing that He is working in the midst of my difficulties or obstacles and will deliver me through them in His time is such a wonderful feeling. We are never without Him no matter what we face in life. That promise is in Romans 8:35-39 where it states that nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ. Next time you are going through a rough patch in life or when you don’t know what to do, remember the One who has overcome. John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” He will get you through it if you turn to Him and cling to His promises!

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Upcoming Events Men’s Ministry Spring Retreat - Fall Sonrise Seniors

Tuesday, March 4; 9:00am/Parlor

Triple L Luncheon

Tuesday, March 11; Noon/FLC Bring a covered dish.

PEP Moms Meeting

Wednesday, March 19; 6:00pm/Parlor

Celebration Crafters

Creek Falls

April 11 & 12 Sign up at Welcome Center, cost is $50 per person.



Youth D-Now Retreat @ Camp Ba Yo Ca

May 2 & 3 Grades 7-12. Cost is $35 if registered by March 31, after that cost will be $40. Sign up at Youth Night, in Sunday School or by calling Amanda in the church office.

Thursday, March 20; 10:00am/E-218 Will be making a jellybean jar.

UP 6th Grade Weekend April 30th and May 1st

Sign up in Sunday School or call the church office

Senior Adult One Day Trip - Impact Luncheon at The Cove/Billy Graham Retreat Center

April 10 Guest Speaker: Daren Thomas $40.00 per person (includes transportation and lunch). Deadline to register is March 10. Sign up at Welcome Center or with Lisa in the Church Office, must pay at time of sign up

Special Announcements Youth Bible Drill 7th-9th Grade Sundays; 5:30pm Meet in the 6th Grade Sunday School area.

Bible Drill

Ministry Opportunity

Mission Friends is looking for volunteers for the 2 year old and 5 year old classes. If interested call Tammy in the church office.

Sundays; 5:30pm Bible Buddies; Grades 1-3/C-220 Children’s Bible Drill; Grades 4-6/C-212

Children’s Church

Due to our 75 day RE:NEW campaign Children’s Church will not meet until April 20.

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New Members Walter & Kristie Buckner Gary & Grace Sneller Ken McCann Victor Garcia Susan Hall Roman Cates Ronnie & Vicki Edwards Barrett Jones

Recently Hospitalized Shirley Matthews Melanie Clifford Ruby Maples Michael Craft Ed White Nancy Fernander Ron Byars Jerry Gibson Marjorie Leatherwood Lori Mahaffey Bruce Hinckley Nancy Mount Dorothy Bowling Morgan Watts Kristy Burton Beth Ownby

Sympathy to



BUDGET Honey and my granddad, Stanley and Grace Gregg & Tracy Price Janice Rhea Jean Cartwright Ralph Davis Jack & Patricia Palmer Dave & Dink Tino Harold Humphries, Sr Terry & Gail Gossett Regen Morris Helen Black George Headrick Barbara Headrick Mary Pullen Jack & Patricia Palmer Richard & Sally Polhemus Tommy & Kathryn Miller, Jamie & Gina Miller, David & Sandra Henry, Ryan, Rachel, Jake and Katie Proffitt Joe Jenkins Charles & Sara Hardin Mary & Doran Huskey Vickie Mueller James & Georgiana Whitley

Judith Gammon Elben White Shirley Douglass Elijah Regen Morris Jean White Katherine Welch Elsie Huskey Charlie & Jean Ownby Mary Pullen Katherine Welch Milford & Shirley Blair Buddy & Carolyn Glenn Katherine Welch Melba Delozier Edna Howard Matt & Amy Whaley CHRISTMAS STORE Lillard Allen Shirley Douglass Teddy Catlett Frank & Barbara Parton TV MINIS TRY Ralph Davis Rowena McFalls James & Carolyn Powell Clell & Betty King George & Anita Valentine Chuck Sexton’s SS Class Carl Koella, III Brittany Martin & William Turner Dr. Matt Osborn Harold Humphries, Sr James & Carolyn Powell Katie McMahan Ralph Davis Mary Pullen Darlene Corrado Elsie Huskey Dwight & Elaine Stokes Larry & Maggie Fox Shirley Haggard Elsie Huskey

• Barbara Roberts in the passing of her father, Lillard Allen • Joy Trim in the passing of her aunt, Olaven McGinnis • Family and friends in the passing of Kate Hedrick • Margaret Davis in the passing of her husband, Ralph • Kathy Kiser & Katie Blalock in the passing of their mother/sister, Edna Houser • Rick & Jimmy Caylor in the passing of their aunt, Elsie Huskey • James & Jim Pullen in the passing of their wife/mother, Mary Pullen • Polly Teague, Gail Haggard, Tempe Kelly, Paula Poole & Kristy McCabe in the passing of their mother/grandmother/great-grandmother, Katherine Welch • Randy & Pam Glenn in the passing of their son, Andrew Glenn

Mike & Linda Berrier Edna Howard Katie Blalock’s SS Class Sandy Webb Robbie & Sandy Fox Exa McMahan Katie Blalock Katherine Welch JB & Shirley Matthews Katherine Welch Mary Pullen Harold Humphries, Sr Jimmie & Marie Temple CHILDREN’S MUSIC Paul & Ruth Galyon Robert & Sandy Fox LOTTIE MOON Shirley Haggard Charlotte Burns Harris Headrick Kate Headrick Richard & Carol Atchley HOT MEALS FOR HUNGRY HEARTS Ralph Davis Jim & Joan Smith BUILDING FUND Harold Humphries, Sr Rex & Louise Delozier Lillard Allen Chuck Sexton’s SS Class Katherine Welch Adult IV/Wallace SS Class Ralph Davis Woody & Jane Jackson Sarah Ruth Watson Leah Brackins HELPING HANDS Gary Lawson Kay & Jim Tarwater Harold Humphries, Sr Joe & Libby Williams Katherine Welch Sarah Watson Sarah McKinley Richard & Carol Atchley Mary Pullen Katherine Welch Rowena McFalls H.R. “Walt” Gordon Russell’s Sunshine Fellowship Group MUSIC MINISTRY Ralph Davis Members of Angler’s Wood Assoc. Claud & Cindy Gideon

Attendance Report

• Rex Watson in the passing of his wife, Sarah Ruth Watson • Jim & Harry McMahan and Meryle Messer in the passing of their mother, Exa McMahan • Jess Davis in the passing of his mother, Elsie Lail

Thank You Notes

• The following families wish to express their deep appreciation to the church for kindness shown during their recent loss: Kathy & Jimmy Lee Kay Atchley Family of James “Chief” Atchley • The following families wish to express their appreciation for support from the church: Bruce & Cookie Bowling

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Randall & Cindy Brady Crowe Horwath LLP Katherine Welch Katie McMahan Keith & Ellen Ratcliff Aileen Tarkington Roger & Myra Vinson Dwight & Elaine Stokes Portia Ramsey David & Margaret Goode Charlie Ownby’s SS Class Jack & Patricia Palmer Ruby Maples Jerry & Sharon Loveday Dan & Melissa Hanlon Brian McMahan Marye Rose Gene & Judy Huskey Billy & Lucy Maples Harriet Barrier Jim & Nancy Thomas Woody & Jane Jackson Ralph Davis Mary Pullen HD & Georgia Courtney Paul Eugene Cates Smart Bank Katherine Welch Mary Pullen Edna Howard Rex & Louise Delozier Katherine Welch Betty Chapman, wife of former pastor Rev. J Carroll Chapman Joe & Libby Williams Katherine Welch Mary Pullen Edna Howard Mike, Linda, & Brandon Berrier and Beulah McMahan Katherine Welch Exa McMahan Curtis & Shirley King PARK ROAD PROJECT Katherine Welch Mary Pullen Elsie Huskey Jo Blalock TRIPLE L Harold Humphries, Sr Charlie & Jean Ownby Charlie Ownby’s SS Class LIBRARY Mary Pullen Clell & Betty King Woody & Jane Jackson

BUDGET Our daughter, Ginger’s birthday and Scott Young’s birthday Terry & Gail Gossett TV MINISTRY Jimmie Temple Don & Marjorie Leatherwood BUILDING Phil & Dottie Simpson’s anniversary Rex & Louise Delozier




550 1123 1158 -

585 1256 1202 365

657 1354 1189 361

594 1331 1294 414

Biblical Stewardship





8:15am Worship 9:30am SS 10:45am Worship 6:30pm Worship

Total Weekly Needs Tithes & Offerings Building Fund Designated Fund

Ralph Davis Harold Humphries, Sr Edna Howard Mary Pullen Katherine Welch Andrew Glenn Sarah Ruth Watson Exa McMahan Elsi Lail Waldo Gordon Bettye Bennett Betty George Novella Watson Carol Ann McElvain James Donnell James Atchley First Baptist Church KITCHEN Harold Humphries, Sr Larry & Maggie Fox PRAYER ROOM Cecil Russell Frank Ham Linda Brown Waldo “Walt” Gordon Helen Black

93,073.00 211,148.76 6,461.00 85,578.64

1/5/2014 $

93,073.00 94,333.85 796.00 346,534.00

1/12/2014 $

93,073.00 93,847.75 661.00 3,223.00

1/19/2014 $

93,073.00 93,771.01 796.00 1,930.50

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True Love Waits

Nick Campbell Youth Ministry Assistant; Middle School

On February 24, 2014 we held our annual True Love Waits rally at FBC Sevierville. This rally is important because it places an emphasis on and challenges our youth to remain pure until their wedding day. The scripture that this movement is based on is 2 Timothy 2:22 which says, “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” When we tell our students they should remain pure until their wedding day, do we clearly communicate the WHY behind this message? As we communicate the truths from Scripture, be cautious not to give them what seems to be a set of “Godly Rules” but instead tell them the WHY behind it. So why is this topic so important? Why does God lead us in this direction? First, we are to be sanctified, set apart from the world because we are not like the world. 1 Corinthians 6:11 tells us that we were

Immeasurably More Caroline Miller

Many times in the everyday chaos of life we seem to paint this picture in our mind of God sitting and waiting for us to pray to Him and ask Him for His help with certain tasks. Have you ever stopped to think who you are talking to? Have you ever realized God does not need you to come to Him in hesitation or obligation to do something impossible for man? Paul proclaims in Ephesians 3, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work in within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (NIV). The God we have the honor of serving and telling others about is capable of

washed, sanctified, and justified by Jesus! We are not like everyone else. In today’s society, just as before, we are setting ourselves apart for Christ when we remain pure. Secondly, our purity represents something bigger than us. God uses the analogy of marriage to represent the relationship between Jesus and His people. Jesus is the Groom and the Church (all Christians) is the Bride. God makes us pure when He washes our sin away with the blood of Jesus.

their life. I hope that this finds you striving to do the same thing. When you fall, because we all do, get back up, confess your sin to God and let Him “purify you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness,” (1 John 1:9). Purity represents so much more than being good. It represents to the world what Jesus did for us. Does your life reflect it?

When we seek to be pure, to stay pure sexually, it is a representation of a greater thing. It represents that Jesus was pure for us for 33 years while He was on earth. It represents the fact that God gave us something that no one else could. In addition, when we save ourself for that special someone on our wedding day, we too are giving them something that only we can give, ourself. Our students were challenged to save themselves for the one God has planned for their life, not just sexually but in all areas of doing more than we could ever imagine! He is not confined by our simplistic imagination or constrained by what we can come up with. He is the God of immeasurably more. Every dream or aspiration we can make up is simply a faint reflection of what He is able to do. Paul had seen some incredible things and for him to make this statement is bold. He witnessed the blind gain back their sight, the unreligious come to Jesus, the dead raised to life, and an uprising of faith. Yet he proclaims that He who has done all these things was capable of immeasurably more!

your normal routine of life or something you see to be limited, trust in God and give it to the One who is capable of more than you can ever dream up. I do not know about you, but knowing my Lord is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than I can even grasp is just another reason to praise Him for who He is, all He has done, and all He will do.

What is the difference in Paul and us today? Paul utterly and completely trusted Christ with everything in himself. So we should model it in our lives as well. Whether it be in

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Rev. Dan Spencer Senior Pastor

Scott Andrews

Assoc. Pastor of Worship

Jerry Hyder

Assoc. Pastor of Adults

Senior Staff


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317 Parkway Sevierville, TN 37862

Assoc. Pastor of Youth

Craig Mintz

Monday- Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Royce Bailey

Business Administrator

Pastor on Call (865) 453-9257

Assoc. Pastor of Children

Clark Byram

Office Hours

Assoc. Pastor of Equipping

Contact Us

Office Phone

(865) 453-9001 (865) 428-3920 (fax)

Prayer Line

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First Word March 2014  

First Baptist Church Sevierville's monthly newsletter.